UK homes to get faster broadband by 2020

UK homes to get faster broadband by 2020

Image copyright PA Homes and businesses will have a legal right to demand high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has said after rejecting a voluntary offer from BT. Openreach, owned by BT and responsible for the infrastructure, offered to speed up improvements to 1.1 million rural homes. The government has promised that the whole of […]

Hammond plays down Brexit rift reports

Hammond plays down Brexit rift reports

Image copyright EPA Image caption Philip Hammond and other ministers have been discussing Brexit at 10 Downing Street The chancellor has played down reports he is at odds with colleagues over Brexit as the cabinet discussed the UK’s final relationship with the EU. Twenty-five ministers had their say as the full cabinet formally discussed the […]

‘Extra £450m funding’ for police in England and Wales

‘Extra £450m funding’ for police in England and Wales

Image copyright EPA A potential £450m in extra funding for police in England and Wales in the next financial year has been announced by the Home Office. Police and crime commissioners are to be given the power to raise the portion of council tax which goes towards policing by £12 per household annually. That would […]

Jeremy Corbyn: We’ll probably gain power next year

Jeremy Corbyn: We’ll probably gain power next year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Corbyn insisted the adulation of his supporters will ‘never’ go to his head Jeremy Corbyn believes there is likely to be another election in “the next 12 months” and Labour will “probably” win it with a majority. “I’m ready to be prime minister tomorrow,” the Labour leader told […]

Liberal Democrats ‘broke EU referendum finance rules’

Liberal Democrats ‘broke EU referendum finance rules’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Liberal Democrats campaigned for Remain in the EU referendum The Liberal Democrats have been fined £18,000 for breaking spending rules in last year’s EU referendum. The Electoral Commission said the party had “failed to deliver a complete and accurate spending return”. Proper receipts and invoices were not provided […]

Jeremy Corbyn: I’ll probably be prime minister next year

Jeremy Corbyn: I’ll probably be prime minister next year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Corbyn insisted the adulation of his supporters will ‘never’ go to his head Jeremy Corbyn believes there will be another election in “the next 12 months” and he will “probably” win it. “I’m ready to be prime minister tomorrow,” the Labour leader told Grazia in what it billed […]

Government says diversity target for judges is ‘wrong way’

Government says diversity target for judges is ‘wrong way’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government is committed to exposing injustice, says David Lidington Setting targets to hire judges from ethnic minority backgrounds would be the “wrong way” to solve the issue of diversity, says the justice secretary. David Lidington has outlined steps to tackle “race bias” in the legal system in England […]

Gender pay gap: Brexit and Transport departments have most work to do

Gender pay gap: Brexit and Transport departments have most work to do

Image copyright Getty Images Transport has the widest gender pay gap of any government department, with women earning 16.9% on average less than male colleagues, closely followed by the Brexit department. Women are paid less than men across the civil service, new figures show, with a gap of 10% in seven other departments. The lowest […]

Gender pay gap: Transport tops government departments

Gender pay gap: Transport tops government departments

Image copyright Getty Images The Department of Transport has the widest gender pay gap of any government department, with women earning 16.9% on average less than male colleagues. Women are paid less than men across the civil service, new figures show, with a gap of 10% in seven other departments. The lowest disparity is 3% […]